5 Things to Remember in Your Career

by | Feb 26, 2024 | career & business, corporate, solopreneur, thoughts | 0 comments

Whether you’ve been in the workforce one year, ten years, or beyond that, there’s five key things I want you to remember when it comes to your career.

No time is wasted in a job if you have the right attitude

Even in the crummiest of circumstances, lessons can be gleaned. I’m a firm believer that you can derive something valuable from all work experiences, no matter what it is you’re doing if you are open to it. Take advantage of every opportunity that’s presented to you and make an effort to build quality connections. 

Every person you know started as a beginner to get to where they are today. 

When you are navigating new work experiences and learning new things, be kind to yourself. If you’re in a new role, navigating a new career/industry, or learning a new skill or tool, remember it takes time to ramp up. Think about it this way: most contract-to-hire roles have a 90 day trial period to assess performance and progress. At the very least, give yourself that amount of time. And don’t be afraid to ask questions or raise your hand if you need guidance or support! You don’t have to know it all right away – no one does. And actually, does anyone really know what they’re doing on a day-to-day basis?

Every challenge you experience can be viewed as a learning opportunity. 

In our careers, we are bound to encounter some not-so-fun things. Even in those situations, take a step back and ask yourself what you can learn. Instead of letting frustration or stress overwhelm you, think about what you can gain from what you’re experiencing. For example, if you’re actively job searching but it’s taking longer than anticipated, consider the job experience you’re still gaining from your current role that you can add to your resume or speak about in interviews. 

When you are uncomfortable or scared, know that you are in the growth zone

It’s a good thing! Seek out experiences and opportunities where a little bit of fear is involved. You’ll be pushing yourself to your potential and growing both personally and professionally. For example, I’ve always feared public speaking. However, I’ve sought out opportunities to speak because I knew it would be beneficial to have that skill in my corporate job and my business – and it has been! Not only will you surprise yourself by what you can accomplish, you’re more likely to see positive momentum in your career.

What career success means to you can mean something entirely different to someone else.

When it comes to your career and the goals you have, forget everyone else’s opinions and expectations. You do you and don’t apologize for it. Concentrate on yourself and your journey only. 

Kelly shares the top things to remember in your career.

Which of these things to remember in your career resonates most with you? Are there other things you keep in mind when it comes to your career? 

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